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Laurier MBA students take international case competition by storm

Jan 14/13

Montréal: From January 6 to 11 2013, Laurier School of Business & Economics’ MBA program joined 35 schools from around the world in Montreal, Canada to fight for the Concordia Cup and up to $10,000 in prize money. Recognized as the oldest and largest of its kind in the world, The John Molson MBA International Case Competition is organized by MBA students from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business.

The 2013 event saw the largest number of international competitors in the competition’s history. In addition to the seven American and twelve Canadian universities participating, 17 International schools from 14 countries and five continents also participated. 

Under the coaching leadership of Laurier instructor Carmel Branston, Laurier’s MBA program sent their four best, case cracking MBA candidates who, over four days, tackled five business case studies, including one “live” case study. The live case featured Novartis, who presented a current problem in their corporate environment and it was the responsibility of all 35 teams to present their solutions.

About the Competition

Concordia students, who are appointed in February of each year, organize this annual competition. 2013’s conference organizers have brought the business and academic worlds closer by recruiting 350 volunteers from Montreal’s universities and over 250 judges from the Montreal business community.

The Laurier School of Business & Economics Team

Geoff Gauthier
Geoff is currently a candidate within the co-op stream of the MBA program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He decided to pursue this graduate program after receiving a degree in Integrated Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. During his first co-op term, Geoff worked at a boutique mergers and acquisitions firm that focused on management buy in and buy out strategies. Following this experience, he was given the opportunity to work with a startup firm that is striving towards a Canadian commercialization of a patented technology. He is currently the Director of Operations of this venture. 

Mark Simon
Mark Simon is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s philosophy program. He has experience in both technology and insurance industries as well as significant legal experience. He is currently the Executive Vice President of the Wilfrid Laurier University MBA Students’ Association and is an active athlete in martial arts, cross training and football. Mark is currently in his second and final year of the MBA co-op program. 

Dennis Tomory
Dennis graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Economics degree. Dennis then went on to Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently enrolled in the MBA co-op program. He served his previous work term at the ministry of finance in the Broader Public Sector Supply Chain Secretariat, specializing in healthcare supply chain. Currently Dennis is working at Dundee Capital Markets as an Investment Banking Intern, focusing mainly on Initial Public Offerings and Mergers & Acquisitions of mining firms. 

Mike Walker
Mike Walker graduated from Brock University with an Honours BA in Economics, while playing on the varsity baseball team. Upon graduation, he spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays where he worked in baseball operations preparing for the June amateur draft and analyzing Elias Rankings for the trade deadline. Currently, Mike is an MBA candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University and is specializing in accounting. He recently completed the CFA Level 1 exam and is registered as a CFA Level 2 candidate. As part of the Co-op program at Laurier, Mike has spent two tenures as an analyst in Debt Capital Markets at Desjardins Securities, an investment dealer that provides debt financing alternatives to Governments, Agencies, and Corporations. 

Carmel Branston (Coach)
Carmel Branston has been an instructor at Laurier for the past eight years and is currently teaching business strategy and accounting.  She is also currently working on a PhD in accounting.  Carmel competed in the Molson competition in 2004 as a member of the Laurier team and has returned as a coach several times since then. 

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